Minutes of the 208th New Brunswick Faculty
February 26, 2016
Members Present: J. Aiello, E.
Alessi, N. Belkin, S. Bhuyan, R. Boikess, S. Cirignano, S. Connolly, M.
Cotter, D. Fishman, M. Flahive DiNardo, J. Friedman,
Z. Gajic, M. Gasparotto, M. Gliserman, A. Hetling, P. Hirschfield, M.
MacKenzie (for C-C. Huang), T. Kahlaoui, M. Killingsworth (Chair),
D. Kruse, J. Langsam, K. McKeever, R. Niederman, T. Ozel, J. Pietruska,
M. Rockland, S. Rubenstein, M. Schwander, J. Shandler, L. Sun, T.
Szatrowski, K. Thompson, J. Worobey, L. Yu, J. Zahn
Present: R. Edwards (New Brunswick
Chancellor), R. Hearin (University Career Services), W. Jones
(University Career Services), K.
Swalagin (Recording Secretary)
to Order - Mark Killingsworth, New Brunswick
Faculty Council (NBFC) Chair
Council Chairperson Mark Killingsworth called the 208th
meeting of the New Brunswick Faculty Council to order at 1:13
Friday, February 26, 2016 in Brower Commons Room ABC, College Avenue
was approved as distributed.
of Minutes of January 29, 2016
The Minutes of
the January 29, 2016 NBFC meeting were approved as distributed.
Report - Richard Edwards, New Brunswick Chancellor; Rick Hearin,
University Career Services Executive Director; and Will Jones,
University Career Services Director of Operations and Strategic
Richard Edwards, New Brunswick Chancellor, introduced a
presentation on University
Career Services. Rick Hearin and Will Jones of Career Services
spoke, focusing primarily on a 2015
Post-Graduation Survey their department had conducted. Hearin said
that final data from the survey would be online by March 1.
- Mark Killingsworth, NBFC Chair
NBFC Chair Mark Killingsworth said that
he had an interesting discussion with the chairs of the other Rutgers
faculty councils at a recent University Senate meeting, and that the
New Brunswick Faculty Council (NBFC) is far beyond where the others
are, and that the NBFC should be proud of that.
6. Status Report,
Ad Hoc Committee on
Academic Analytics - Sanjib Bhuyan, NBFC Vice Chair and Ad Hoc
Council Vice Chair Sanjib Bhuyan had presented a report on Academic
Analytics at the October 2015 NBFC meeting, and additional reports
at each subsequent meeting. He presented another status report at
this meeting. Bhuyan said that a final report should be ready for the
next Council meeting.
of Teaching: Report and Resolution - Robert Boikess, Academic
Standards, Regulations and Admissions Committee (ASRAC) Chair
ASRAC Chair Robert Boikess presented a draft report and
resolution on Evaluation of Teaching, which was distributed in hardcopy
at the meeting. It was discussed at some length, and the following
resolution was then adopted unanimously by the Council:
The New Brunswick Faculty Council calls upon the Rutgers administration
to work together with the New Brunswick Faculty Council to create and
charge a Task Force with developing a teaching evaluation program that
will, as accurately as possible, assess quality of instruction. The
Task Force should be broadly representative of the faculty and
students. It should include tenure track faculty at various ranks,
nontenure track faculty, part time lecturers, and teaching assistants,
as well as students from the sciences and the nonsciences. It should
also include academic administrators, a representative of CTAAR, and an
Rutgers must have a teaching evaluation program that will:
1. provide a rigorous and meaningful
evaluation of the quality of faculty teaching for consideration in
decisions about the renewal, promotion, and tenure of faculty.
2. provide feedback on the quality of faculty teaching that will help
units maintain their overall commitment to pedagogy and help individual
faculty members continue to develop their teaching skills.
In order to achieve these goals, the Task Force should address and
remedy the defects of our current Student Evaluation system; should
rely on faculty to develop methods of evaluation that may often be
uniquely suited for their disciplines; and should be provided with such
funding, staff support, and professional expertise as the Task Force
may require to fulfill its charge.
Boikess then successfully moved that the report and resolution be sent
to the University Senate.
Academic Freedom: Discussion of the "Chicago Statement" (Report of the
Committee on Freedom of Expression, University of Chicago
Killingsworth introduced a general discussion of the Report
of the Committee on Freedom of Expression of the University of Chicago.
Richard Edwards said that a
message on this subject was emailed to the Rutgers community the
9. Old Business
There was no old business.
10. New Business
There was no new business.
The meeting adjourned at 2:40 p.m.
Minutes written and submitted by,
Recording Secretary of the New Brunswick Faculty Council